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Jessup International Moot Court Competition

Washburn Law annually selects and sends a student competition team to the Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition.  The Jessup Competition is the most competitive and prestigious moot court competition in the world, with over 500 law schools from over 100 countries competing to reach the world championship round held each year at the end of March in Washington, D.C. Problems annual involve complicated issues of international law and call on students to develop and expertise of the particular problem and the myriad issues raised therein.

Washburn Law's teams for this competition are generally comprised of six students playing roles of applicants, respondents, and support.

What are the benefits of joining the Jessup Moot Court team?

Students who compete on this team are able to develop their skills in international law oral and written advocacy in an applied setting against students from other law schools across the United States each year.  Team members are coached in the art of advocacy in the international appellate setting by faculty who are experts in the field. 

How does one become a member?

Try-outs and selections for the teams are held each Fall.  Information on the specific dates and process to try-out is sent out via e-mail to all students in advance of the particular team selection. 

How much time will participation require?

All students who participate on our competition teams will prepare for their competition with multiple practices each week in the month or months leading up to the particular competition.  The time and energy required varies, depending on each individual's preparation and work habits during the practice sessions.  Practices are scheduled to work with multiple student obligations and to students to successfully balance membership on the competition team with other demanding law school activities and outside obligations.

For more information on the Jessup International Moot Court team at Washburn Law, contact us at:

Washburn University School of Law
Professor Craig Martin
1700 SW College Avenue
Topeka, KS 66621
(785) 670-2460

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Associate Professor of Law
Craig Martin